The Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, joined Cllr Una Power, Mayor of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and Cllr David Healy, Mayor of Fingal County Council, who are calling for safer cycling routes around Ireland and a cycle link between North and South Dublin this National Bike Week.
Celebrating National Bike Week at the site of the proposed Sandymount trial cycle way, Minister Ryan stressed the importance of sustainable transport and safe cycling infrastructure during these difficult times:
“Bike Week this year is certainly quite different. While I am fully aware of the many hardships caused by the current Covid-19 crisis, in terms of sustainable transport, we have also seen significant progress in cycling infrastructure across the City which is allowing people to travel safely to work, school and college.
“I’m hugely supportive of the proposed Sandymount two-way cycle route trial, not only as a Covid Mobility measure, but also as it presents an opportunity to progress the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycle route, one of the many key cycling routes I’m committed to delivering as Minister for Transport.
“We need this route to link the Northside to the Southside so that people can continue to travel in a healthier more sustainable way, not only when we can open up our offices again, which I hope will be as soon as is safe to do so, but beyond the current pandemic to help reduce our transport emissions and create a cleaner, greener society”
Cllr David Healy said:
“With the pandemic we are seeing much higher numbers of people walking in our communities. There has also been a resurgence of cycling during the last six months. With public transport capacity massively reduced, it is crucial that we develop quality routes for walking and cycling routes to allow movement within our communities.
“As we continue to work to protect ourselves and each other from the Covid-19 pandemic, the availability of safe space for people to walk both for transport and for exercise is more important than ever.
“The S2S route is a long-standing objective of grass roots campaigners and elected representatives of all parties. Along with other active travel infrastructure, it has never been more urgent.”
Cllr Una Power said:
“We’ve done a lot of work down in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown so far, particularly on our coastal route between Blackrock and the Forty Foot. What I’m saying to people is: get out there on your bike, try to commute into work, college to school. It’s amazing, it’s free, and it will get you there in no time at all. We’ll continue to work to bring about safe walking and cycle across the city.”
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